Ben Childs

New Exterior Previews Shown of HotStart TBM-900

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A few weeks ago we reported on the announcement of a new TBM-900 by a fresh name to the X-Plane development world, HotStart.

Since then, the first official previews of the exterior model have been shown off over on the X-Pilot forums. These previews came from Goran of Leading Edge Simulations, who is working on the modelling in this project. With a proven track record of high quality, most notably the Saab 340A that was recently updated to X-Plane 11 compatibility, the expectations were high.
As expected, the modelling is simply stunning. Don’t take my word for it though – check out the images below.

Something to keep in mind here also is that the systems on this project are being developed by none other than Totoritko – the man behind the essential X-Plane plugin, BetterPushback.

It goes without saying, that this project with two high respected developers is something that the whole X-Plane community is excited for and keeping an eye on. For that reason, we’ll be following this with a close eye too.

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UK2000 Announce Edinburgh Xtreme X-Plane Edition

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Another announcement while our servers were being uncooperative (were developers conspiring to leave all of their releases and product announcement until we were down?) was UK2000 announcing Edinburgh Xtreme X-Plane Edition. With a single screenshot of an arriving Ryanair 737 posted to their Facebook page, UK2000 revealed what users can expect in the upcoming scenery. The existing scenery on the FSX/P3D platform
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Blue Sky Star Soundpack for FlightFactor A320 Released

While we were having server troubles over the past 24 hours, Blue Sky Star (often abbreviated as BSS) released their long-awaited soundpack for the FlightFactor A320. The soundpack brings many new and improved sounds to the cockpit, cabin and exterior of the Airbus, including engine sounds, cabin immersion noises such as hydraulics, and much more. Check out the video above
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Orbx EGCB Manchester City, 3 Freeware Airports Released for X-Plane


It seems like just yesterday that Orbx released Meigs Field for X-Plane as their entry into Laminar’s simulator space (check out the FSElite review if you missed it). Shortly after that, Bill Womack re-joined the team after some hiatus to develop his iBlueYonder brand, and the X-Plane products from his time away were assimilated into the Orbx catalogue.

Excitingly, the ever-so-hard-working developers now give us another gift to fill out the British landscape this time around, which was dangled like a carrot in front of our noses at the end of March. From today, load up FTX Central or visit the Orbx website to get your hands on EGCB Manchester City.
Sometimes referred to as Barton Aerodrome, Manchester City is a General Aviation airport approximately 5nm west of the Manchester city centre. The field runs four grass runways that service commercial, private, military, police and medical air traffic seven days a week.

Manchester City features 30km2 photoreal textures, incredibly detailed and accurate buildings, precision-placed static aircraft and signage, surrounding POIs, and excellent optimisation for best performance. The detail is incredible from edge to edge in this scenery.
Also worth mentioning, is this airport is an X-Plane first release, which means your friends on FSX and P3D will need to wait a little while longer to get their hands on this one. Be sure to link them here so they can see what they’re missing out on in the below screenshots.

If these screenshots have your mouth watering, you’ll be pleased to know that you can grab this right now for AUD $32.95 from the Orbx website or FTX Central.

Additionally, Orbx is kicking off their freeware library for X-Plane with the re-release of three simply stunning airports previously released via by team member Tony Wroblewski. Tony goes by the name “antwob” on and is most famous for his incredible World2XPlane application that has been downloaded more than 12,500 times from the file library, allowing OpenStreetMap data to be for the purpose of overlay scenery in X-Plane.

In addition to today’s payware release, you’ll now be able to download and install Tony’s ENOV Ørsta-Volda AirportENHA Hamar Stafsberg, as well as L52 Oceano County Airport all through FTX Central. These airports are all equally as stunning as the last and provide phenomenally beautiful renditions of these picturesque airports completely free. If you haven’t already seen these in your travels previously, it would be suggested that you check these out.

Orbx has really given us a lot to play with, in such a short space of time. We’re looking forward to their further offerings which if their current track record is anything to go by, will no doubt be just around the corner.

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Immersive Audio previews 737NG CFM Immersion Soundpack HD

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Immersive Audio has posted an incredible preview of their upcoming 737NG CFM Immersion Soundpack HD to their YouTube channel. The soundpack, which is expected to release in the coming days, contains high-quality, uncompressed sound improvements to all stages of flight for PMDG's 737NG product, but is also compatible with other freeware add-ons. While the preview video is compressed due to the
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xEnviro 1.08 Released

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After many development delays, as well as a traumatic personal event for developer Andrey Sheybak, the highly anticipated 1.08 update to xEnviro has been released. The long drawn-out update brings with it a large re-write to the weather engine, which means a large changelog, but users can expect improvements right throughout their atmospheric experience. Changes include a new turbulence model,
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Aerosoft Douglas DC-8 Released

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Aerosoft has released their latest aircraft for Prepar3D; the Douglas DC-8. This is an aircraft that is credited with bringing long-distance air travel to the average Joe Public, and so it holds firmly a place in the history books. The DC-8 takes our modern flight simming back to the days of pure piloting skill, and as such you won't find
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